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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: 'asp (= small snake)'; perhaps because the jelly was thought to look like a snake's skin

aspic

noun
     
Related topics: Food Dish
as‧pic [uncountable]
1DFF a clear brownish jelly in which cold meat is sometimes served
2

preserve/set/remain in aspic

British English if something is preserved in aspic, it has not changed for a very long time:
a part of town preserved in aspic for tourists

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